A new Northwestern University study claims that doing facial exercises for five months can make you look three years younger.
Researchers enlisted 27 women ages 40 to 65 to master a 30-minute set of 32 facial exercises developed by Happy Face Yoga’s Gary Sikorski, who co-authored the study. They included:
The Cheek Lifter: Open your mouth to form an “O,” and position your upper lip over teeth. Smile to lift cheek muscles up, then put your fingers lightly on the top part of the cheek before releasing the cheek muscles to lower them. Lift the cheeks back up. Repeat by lowering and lifting the cheeks.
Happy Cheeks Sculpting: Smile without showing your teeth. Purse your lips together, and then smile — forcing the cheek muscles up. Place your fingers on the corners of the mouth and slide them up to the top of the cheeks, holding for 20 seconds.